National Geographic : 1938 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Drawn by TRADITION, RATHER THAN RUGGED BARRIER PEACEFUL PORTUGAL FROM TURBULEN ing may hit something harder. For there are buses, and an increasing number of trucks. Passenger vehicles now operate on more than 5,000 miles of major highways-this in a country only 350 miles long and 125 miles wide. In recent years they have car ried enough people to approximate two rides yearly for each of the 7,260,000 inhabitants. . 2 Walking, however, is by a no means a lost art. See z ing women, graceful as Greek goddesses, with heavy water jars or bas kets of produce perched on their heads emphasizes that fact (Plate VII and Spage 147). Most market going peasants still ride flop-eared donkeys rather than "flivvers." Although progressive innovations increase, tra ditional customs and Old 0 World scenes prevail. To me, a visit to Portugal savors of a pleasant inter view with the gracious oc Cccres, cupants of a historic fam ily manor. l lru er THE APPROACH TO LISBON 39 As our ship steamed into the Tagus River (Tejo) at dawn, I had the Letdar^4^ ' feeling of moving along a hallway filled with treas ured heirlooms. SOn our port, a slender ray of sunshine, piercing " a cloud, sought out the i;^?'i quaint waterside Tower of Belem-half Moorish, half ornate Manueline in S design-which stands as a on te symbol of Portugal's early uelva ventures beyond the seas. A short distance be ?o 3 yond reared the dome and white stalagmitic spires de aram da of the old Monastery of Cadiz Jeronymos, an artistic 7 crystallization of the Ralph E. McAleer country's Golden Age op .S, SEPARATES ulence (page 138). T SPAIN There, in a tiny mar iner's chapel that formerly occupied the site, Vasco da Gama and his crew said prayers the night before they hoisted sail to beat around the Cape of Good Hope and blaze the sea trail to India. There, beneath lofty arches in one of the transepts, his body now rests.* * See "Pathfinder of the East," THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, November, 1927.